“Surgery is more of an art than a science and is very psychology focused.”
I had the pleasure to interview Dr. Aaron Rollins. Dr. Rollins is the liposuction doctor to the stars, as well as, the founder of Elite Body Sculpture in Beverly Hills, Houston, Sacramento and New York. Dr. Rollins is considered a specialist in body sculpting and has performed thousands of laser liposuction procedures. Due to this, he has been featured on numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Extra, Good Day LA as well as being featured in Europe on RTL and Nova TV. He is a life-long art lover who studied sculpture and to fulfill his dream of combining art and science, he eventually attended medical school. Dr. Rollins went to medical school at the McGill University Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, Canada after completing his undergraduate studies at McGill University. He has received many awards for his distinguished work, including the I.D.E.A. Bronze Medal for medical inventions and the “Great Distinction” honor at McGill University. He is affiliated with the American College of Surgeons, American Board of Laser Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Liposuction Surgery. He is also a member of the World Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Rollins was awarded the Compassionate Doctor certification in 2013.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path as a doctor or healer?
Growing up, I had always wanted to be a sculptor. I loved, and still love art. But I also wanted to help people. I chose to go to medical school and even took art classes at night. When I was exposed to plastic surgery, it helped me discover that with body contouring I could mold my passions into one. I can be an artist by sculpting people, while making them feel good in their own skin with the use of medicine and technology.”
How have your personal challenges informed your career path?
I struggled with deciding my career path and what I was going to decide to study at college. I was convinced to not go to art school, in which I ultimately decided to go to medical school. Trying to find a balance between my two passions as I grew up was very difficult, but body sculpting has really allowed me to use both art and medicine while helping people all in one.
Can you share five pieces of advice to other doctors to help their patients to thrive?
1) “Medicine is a jealous partner — your patients always come above everything else.
2) Physicians are always held to a higher standard than the rest of the population.
3) Surgery is more of an art than a science and is very psychology focused.
4) Take the time to listen and understand your patient’s expectations. It is important to make sure they are aligned with what you are able to achieve for them.
5) Nothing feels better than doing something good for others.”
Social media and reality TV create a venue for people to share their personal stories. Do you think more transparency about your personal story can help or harm your field of work? Can you explain?
I don’t think transparency about my story makes a difference. What makes a difference is the story of the patient. The patient’s story and happiness should be the only part of this field that matters. I never want this to be all about me, because it’s not. Everything I do is patient focused.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant to your life?
My calculus teacher in high school used to say, “Always cook your soup hotter than you’re going to eat it.” It is always better to over prepare, that way when you get to the actual test, you’re more than ready. Surgery should be that much better than what the patient prepared for, that way it is exceptional. I want to be much better than what the patient hopes for, far more prepared than I need to be, far safer than I need to be, and far more everything that I need to be.
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Be kind — One of the mottos at Elite Body Sculpture is, “Treat our patients like they are family.” If everybody adopted this idea, it would be a much better world.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
They can follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/elitebodysculpture/
Originally published at medium.com